Nature and Environment

Efforts to expand Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, and create the Santa Cruz River Urban National Wildlife Refuge

May 17, 2024 Also on Arizona Spotlight: Tucson Tellers of Tales, a story from Nooshie Motaref, and a story from Penelope Starr

Lessons from rattlesnake class in the American Southwest

May 17, 2024 The first thing students learn is that basically everything they thought they knew about rattlesnakes is a myth.

Department of Defense awards $20 million to South32 for accelerated manganese production

May 17, 2024 Funding aims to boost domestic supply and expedite ore delivery by up to two years at the Hermosa Project near Patagonia.

Rep. Grijalva calls for extension of public scoping period for Hermosa Mine Project

May 16, 2024 He emphasizes importance of language inclusivity in a letter to the US Forest Service.

AZ state legislature attempts to stop California regulation on trucking fleets

May 14, 2024 The legislature, along with 16 other states, argue the regulation violates the Constitution's Commerce Clause.

Proposed settlement is first step in securing Colorado River water for 3 Native American tribes

May 14, 2024 The Navajo Nation has one of the largest single outstanding claims in the Colorado River basin and will vote soon on the measure in a special session.

Forest Service begins public scoping period for South32 Hermosa Mine Project

May 10, 2024 If approved the mine will supply zinc and manganese.

Ecologists and artists in Nogales to celebrate new jaguar

May 10, 2024 To celebrate the discovery of a new jaguar roaming the Arizona borderlands, conservationists will host a public discussion in Nogales on Saturday followed by a procession to the border wall to view a wildlife-themed art installation on the wall itself.

Arizona is boosting efforts to protect people from the extreme heat after hundreds died last summer

May 6, 2024 Arizona's new heat officer is working with local governments and nonprofit groups to open more cooling centers and ensure homes have working air conditioners.

As Phoenix makes way for semiconductor factories, this business is saving the native plants that were there first

May 2, 2024 Here's the story of one business at the intersection of conservation and growth amid Phoenix’s semiconductor boom.

The documentary "The Happiest Country in the World: Finland" explores the reasons why.

May 1, 2024 Also on Arizona Spotlight: What "Bad Art Night" at the Arizona Science Center offers the creatively curious; "I Dream in Widescreen 2024" showcases a new class of film makers; and "Stories That Soar!" offers a 4th grader's perspective on "Self Love".

Bureau of Land Management embraces new Public Lands Rule for conservation-centric management

May 1, 2024 Arizona poised to lead in sustainable land management, bolstered by federal support and community engagement.

Wildlife bridge and underpass are used thousands of times each month

May 1, 2024 Humans are helping them by volunteering during "habitat restoration days"

Hot weather brings annual housing concerns to Arizona

Apr 29, 2024 City planners seek to create policies to keep residents cool and relieve the affordable housing crisis.

Reviving the Santa Cruz: efforts to restore Arizona’s endangered river

Apr 17, 2024 Local groups push for Urban National Wildlife Refuge designation.

US court rejects a request by tribes to block $10B SunZia energy transmission project in Arizona

Apr 16, 2024 The project — approved in 2015 following a lengthy review — has been touted as the biggest U.S. electricity infrastructure undertaking since the Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s.

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